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9 March 2018

Hockstad to lead TLA

TLA will be led by assistant vice-president, Douglas Hockstad, once the unit’s current vice-president David Allen retires on April 28.

Author: Callum Cyrus, reporter

Tech Launch Arizona (TLA), University of Arizona’s tech transfer office, has promoted its current assistant vice-president, Douglas Hockstad (pictured), to head the unit from April 28.

Hockstad will succeed David Allen, vice-president of TLA since 2012, who will retire. After a decade as associate vice-president for tech transfer at University of Colorado, Allen had been appointed to lead TLA, established by Arizona in 2011.

Allen’s tenure coincided with the launch of tech transfer initiatives such as Catapult Corporation, a non-profit firm that backs early-stage Arizona spinouts and reinvests most of its proceeds through University of Arizona Foundation.

By the 2016-2017 academic year, TLA generated 15 spinouts, 105 licences or options, and 261 invention disclosures.

Hockstad is expected to provide continuity, having worked under Allen at TLA since 2013. He previously worked with University of Michigan from 2001 until 2013 as an associate licensing director focused on software and engineering.

His record in IT and software also includes regional manager at Israel-based business intelligence software developer Maximal, which was acquired by software provider Microsoft in 2001.

Robert Robbins, president of University of Arizona, said: “The progressive growth of TLA over the last five years has been a direct result of the expertise Dave Allen brought to the organisation.”

“Doug Hockstad, who has been at TLA from virtually its inception, has been invaluable in its success and provides continuity as we expand our efforts.

“We have outstanding potential here at the University of Arizona, and TLA is vital to unlocking it to create growing impact on our region and state. I look forward to working with Doug as he leads our continuing efforts in commercialization and tech transfer.”

– This article was updated on March 13. It previously stated that Douglas Hockstad had been promoted to vice-president, but his new title has not yet been confirmed.

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